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Incoming State Funding to Boost Homeless Support in San Joaquin County

$11 Million Grant Will Serve 300 Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

For immediate release:

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – A grant in excess of $11 million from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness has recently been awarded to San Joaquin County. This funding will serve 300 individuals who are experiencing homelessness in encampments.

“We need collaboration and support from leaders at every level in order to rein in this homelessness crisis we have been experiencing throughout San Joaquin County,” said Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton). “It will continue to take significant resources to service and support the needs of these individuals, so I am grateful that the State has recognized the investments we need in our community right now through this awarded grant.”

The Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) Grant Program awards competitive grants to local jurisdictions to assist in the caring of people experiencing homelessness in encampments. The funding is allocated towards servicing and supporting their immediate physical and mental wellbeing, and providing meaningful pathways to stable housing.

Seven jurisdictions were recipients of ERF grants in the second and third windows of Round 2, with the bulk of the share being awarded to San Joaquin County. The County will target services towards one of the largest encampments in the area, located under the SJ-4 and I-5 junction. This is a dangerous location for an encampment due to the amount of traffic, flood dangers from the Mormon Slough, and the garbage that can spill out onto the roads.

St. Mary’s Dining Room and STAND Affordable Housing will work as partner organizations to provide permanent and temporary housing, case management, social services, food, showers, housing navigation services, and more.